Fort Sumner 21, Tucumcari 6
• Records: Tucumcari 1-3, Fort Sumner 3-2
• Difference: The Foxes played a bend-but-not-break defense. They allowed 15 first downs and 265 total yards, but only one score.
• Difference-makers: Tucumcari, Javier Villanueva caught three passes for 65 yards. Fort Sumner, Michael Giannini rushed for 166 yards on 16 carries, including a 45-yard TD run in the second period. QB Garrett Hisel went just 2-for-4 passing, but both completions went for touchdowns — 39 yards to Nik Sanchez, 13 yards to Hunter Sparks.
• By the numbers: 1 — penalties for the Foxes, for five yards. Fort Sumner also committed no turnovers.
• Of note: All the scoring was done in the first half. … Fort Sumner finished with 304 total yards, including 252 on the ground. … The Foxes play a second consecutive District 2-2A team next week when they host Texico.
Logan 28, Melrose 22
• Records: Logan 3-1, Melrose 3-2
• Difference: The teams traded scores through first three quarters before Logan’s Wyatt Strand scored his third touchdown with about five minutes left.
• Difference-makers: Logan, Strand scored earlier on runs of 15 and 20 yards, and he also added a pair of 2-point conversion runs. For Melrose, sophomore Wyatt Williams ran for two TDs and threw a 7-yard pass to Braden Hemminger for the third. Williams added a pair of 2 PAT runs as well.
• Of note: After winning their first three games by a combined 180-0, the Buffaloes have absorbed gut-wrenching setbacks to Flinthills and Logan at home. … Next week, Melrose hosts top-ranked Gateway Christian (4-0), which routed Flinthills 64-12 on Friday.
Lake Arthur 58, Floyd 6
• Records: Floyd 0-3, Lake Arthur 5-0
• Difference: The Panthers, ranked No. 1 in 6-man, scored following the opening kickoff, then converted after recovering three consecutive onside kicks in the first quarter. “They’re No. 1 for a reason,” said Broncos coach Steve Foust, whose squad plays with only seven or eight players most days.
• Difference-maker: When they did finally get the ball, the Broncos marched 42 yards for their loan tocuhdown, a 14-yard pass from W.T. Whitecotton to Colby Rogers late in the first quarter. “I was actually very proud of our kids,” Foust said. “We drove the ball a few times, but we weren’t able to complete the drives.”
• Of note: This was the first of four consecutive road games which will bring the Broncos’ abbreviated schedule to an end. … Floyd travels to San Jon on Friday in a 4 p.m. start.
— CMI staff